Graft continues even under the Duterte gov’t PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:33

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Destructive forces are at work in the city;     threats and lies never leave its streets….” (Psalm 55:11, the Holy Bible).

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FILIPINOS CANNOT BLAME ANYONE ELSE BUT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR DIFFICULT LIVES: Filipinos have no one else to blame for the difficult lives they are having nowadays except themselves, largely on account of their own gross character defects. They lack values, they lack good manners, they lack fear and love of God.

They are predisposed to corrupting their officers, too, just so they can go on violating even the most simple of rules, like the current traffic regulation that says there should be no stopping to load or unload passengers at points not so designated by the authorities. I saw this malady with my own two eyes, before 7 a.m., on November 20, 2017.

At that time, a traffic enforcer of the Metro Manila Development Authority confronted a passenger bus which was plying its trade at EDSA near the Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong City, because of this particular violation. Guess what the bus conductor did so his bus could be immediately set free?

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GRAFT CONTINUES EVEN UNDER THE DUTERTE GOV’T: He tried, in full view of many people, to insert money into the hands of the enforcer, who promptly threw the bills in the pavement in anger. Indeed, many government officials are corrupt, but only because Filipinos, as this bus conductor showed, are themselves rabidly corrupt too.

Yes, many officials and leaders of government are certified corrupt and thieves, but this could be traced back to the natural corruption of many Filipinos, too, whether rich or poor. In our country today, graft and corruption have become a fact of life, in government agencies or in the private sector, even if President Duterte is already in power.

For example, if anyone desires to transact with the government, even only on an insignificant matter as the opening of a small business enterprise, there is still a need to grease the palms of all those who will have a hand in processing the required documents, not merely to expedite the release of the appropriate licenses but more to assure that the application is not altogether rejected

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DOUBLE STANDARD OF JUSTICE STILL GOING ON UNDER DUTERTE: Too, there is a continuing, if mounting, plethora of complaints steadily coming from poor and marginalized Filipinos from everywhere that they are being denied even the most basic tenets of justice and fair play. Even now, a nauseating double standard of justice continues to victimize many—one standard for the rich, the mighty, and the powerful, and another for the penniless and insignificant citizens.

Many are pointing to the example of big shots who are involved in crimes but who are afforded special treatment in more ways than one, especially with respect to clean and habitable detention quarters. The examples of Sen. Leila de Lima and of the Russians who are incarcerated on drug charges, and of former Sen. Bong Revilla (and his colleagues who have now been set free, former Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada), are the ones being cited here.

People are also scandalized over the fate of many who were involved in illegal drugs: if the suspect was poor, he ended up being killed right away. On the other hand, if the suspects are rich businessmen or are top officials of the Bureau of Customs, they are not jailed even up to now, even if they are implicated  in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu. The lament is this: when will true change descend to the Philippines?

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